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Military Channel Weaponology mixes up the facts

I was watching an episode last night about the British SAS on the Military Channel. In it they gave some time to talk about the sidearms of choice as used by the SAS. Of course most handgun enthusiasts know that the 9mm Browning P-35 Hi-Power has long been up until recentlty the sidearm used by the SAS and many other special forces units around the world.

What totally digusted me about this show is how little credability the so-called gun experts on that show actually have. One gun expert guy on the show claimed that the P-35 is a gas-operated semiautomatic handgun. Nothing can be farther from the truth. I know for a fact (being a longtime owner and shooter of many P-35s) that the Hi-Power is a recoil operated single action pistol and that there are not too many gas-operated sidearm handguns in general that I'm aware of.

Then the show went on to talk about the new issued sidearm being the SIG P226 and they explained why the P226 is better. Again these so-called experts stated that the Browning Hi-Power's heavy trigger pull made it less accurate and difficult to shoot compared to the double action SIG. Again I know for a fact, being the owner of both guns that any single action Hi-Power has a much better and lighter trigger pull than a double action SIG, even when the SIG is fired in single action mode. The Browning is a more accurate gun in my experience.

They also compared the two guns side by side in a target test to show the SIG as being more accurate. What the show didn't tell the viewers is how unfair the test was. In fact that the SIG being used was a fairly new gun being compared against a 63 year old Canadian made Inglis military issue Hi-Power pistol. That Inglis made Hi-Power had obviously had a very rought military life in addition to probably having tens of thousands of rounds being fired through it. I know for fact that any new out of box Hi-Power is a much more accurate gun when compared to a new SIG. I have shot the P226 and the Hi-Power together and can assure anyone that the Hi-Power is a much more accurate and easy to shoot pistol.

I really wish that these TV shows would give people the facts instead of telling people what they what them to hear. I wonder how much influence SIGARMS had in the production of that show?? Don't get me wrong, SIGs are great guns. In fact I hold both the SIG 226 and the Browning Hi-Power in very equal high regard as both being equally excellent pistols. I just think viewers should be given the facts. If shows like this can't convey the truth, then why have them on air for educational purposes?

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I have to agree with you on all terms. Though the Sig is a nice gun, I'll take single-action trigger pull any day over a double/single action gun. It can be argued that cocked and locked is not as safe as double action first shot. I have shot both pistols and am not a big sig fan. I didn't find it that accurate or comfortable to shoot. The browning fit my hand better so I shot it better. I can't say for sure which gun was more accurate because there are too many factors involved to make a true comparison. I have a SA bias and am not a fan of DA or DA/SA handguns. I just like all my trigger pulls to be the same, not a heavy first shot and then lighter. The only advantage I see with the sig over the browning would be mag capacity. Browning gets my vote as well. I did find the browning trigger pull to be a bit heavier than I like but I was comparing it to my competition handgun which is very light.

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I own a fn sfs Hi-Power. The singles action is good. I also own a Sig p220 45 acp. The double action is around 7lbs, the single action is a crisp 3lbs. The sig has a better single action trigger pull IMHO.

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I too own a P220 .45ACP as well as a P226 9mm, in addition to a MkII and MkIII Hi-Power, also own an Inglis Hi-Power No2 MkI. I can't say that the single action trigger on the SIGs are bad at all, about 3lbs also. However I would rate all my Hi-power triggers as being equal or better than the SIG's in single action.

I guess what really bothers me about what was said on the program is that so-called experts got simple facts mixed up and refered to the Hi-Power as a gas operated gun. Plus the fact that they were comparing a 63 year old worn out service pistol (the Inglis) side by side with a new out-of-box SIG 226, yet they made no effort on the program to inform the viewer about that very important fact. Any older service pistol that has had thousands upon thousands of round put down the barrel in addition to a rough military service life isn't going to compete that well against a new pistol. Though the older Inglis guns do compete realatively well, and better than most other older service guns. You can take an old 65 year old wornout government GI issue 1911A1 .45 and compare it with a brand new SIG P220. I doubt the vintage 1911A1 would shine well in an accuracy comparison. Yet that same 1911A1 in it's youthful heyday would have cleaned everyones clock. Thumbs up

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